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Planning Next Year's Grazing Today

Extra grass is not normal.

Extra grass is not normal. If you are lucky enough to have more grass than needed this year, don’t forget that next year could be hotter and drier than this year – producing less grass.

But you can boost carrying capacity and gains on next year's pasture by strategically managing your extra grass this year.

Start by identifying pasture improvements that could help future grazing. Control weeds, accumulate enough growth on warm-season grass pastures to conduct an effective prescribed burn next spring, or select pastures where stressing the existing stand will help you establish legumes next spring. All these practices temporarily reduce pasture growth, but they can provide long-term benefits. Thus, it is better to do them when you have extra grass rather than when grass is short.

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